A new 11-16 secondary school for north Reading

Maiden Erlegh Trust is delighted to announce that the Department for Education (DfE) has approved our application to open a new secondary school in north Reading.

Maiden Erlegh River Academy will be a high quality, inclusive school for students of all abilities and aspirations, and from all backgrounds. Through the school’s rich and broad curriculum, we will provide opportunities to study a range of GCSE and vocational courses. The school will not only equip students with skills and qualifications that will enable them to access high quality post-16 study or apprenticeships but will also prepare them for a range of career opportunities both locally and further afield. Finally, it will also increase parental choice in north Reading and address the current shortfall in secondary places within the borough.

Mary Davies, CEO of Maiden Erlegh Trust, said we are delighted and very proud to have been awarded this project. Maiden Erlegh River Academy will aim high in all aspects of its work. Community and inclusion are key to the Maiden Erlegh ethos and this new school will prepare students, from all backgrounds and of all abilities, to fulfil their aspirations. The new school’s curriculum will deliver high quality academic and vocational courses, as well as a range of enrichment opportunities. This will mean that our students will leave us ready to take their place in the community as well-rounded and confident young adults. We also want Maiden Erlegh River Academy to be a leading educational establishment in the local area supporting the training and development of teachers and support staff”.

Chair of Maiden Erlegh Trust, Nick Jones added “partnership plays an important part in our work and so, in delivering our unapologetically ambitious aims for this school, we will work closely with parents, the community, local businesses and Reading Borough Council.”

Maiden Erlegh Trust would like to thank all staff and stakeholders who have worked tirelessly on putting together what was a very strong application.  We look forward to welcoming the parents and students of Maiden Erlegh River Academy into the Maiden Erlegh family of schools, and to working closely with the community, the local authority and other schools in the area to ensure that we can shape our vision for Maiden Erlegh River Academy to meet the needs and ambitions of the community it will serve. 

Community engagement event Monday 1st April

We invite you to come and find out more about the proposed new 11-16 secondary school at our drop-in session on Monday 1st April 2019, 3.30pm – 5.00pm at Civitas Academy, 90a Great Knollys Street, Reading, RG1 7HL.

For further information about the event please telephone 0118 929 6086.

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If you haven’t already done so, please complete the short form to help shape our vision for River Academy to the needs and ambitions of the community it will serve.

Thank you for your support, and we hope to see you on 1st April!

River Academy Team

One step closer!

We are delighted to let you know that the Department for Education (DfE) has invited us to meet with them to determine whether we will be given the green light to open River Academy.

Being shortlisted for interview by the DfE is a major step forward for the project as it is the next stage of the process. We’re looking forward to the opportunity to discuss our plans in depth and demonstrate our vision, motivation, and ability to run a successful 11-16 secondary school in Reading.

The final decision is expected in the spring and we will let you know as soon as we hear the outcome!

We are absolutely thrilled with the high level of support shown by the local community for River Academy. As with successful applications for all new free schools, in order for us to be successful at the next stage, we will need to show that we have continued and growing support from parents and the wider community.

If you haven’t already done so, please complete the short form to help shape our vision for River Academy to the needs and ambitions of the community it will serve.

You can also share your thoughts and suggestions by emailing us at info@river-academy.co.uk.

Thank you

River Academy Team

Application submitted!

We are delighted to confirm that our application to open River Academy has been submitted to the Department for Education.

We are now waiting to hear whether we have been shortlisted for an interview, which is the next stage of the process and an opportunity to discuss our proposal in depth.

We would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who has taken the time to give feedback on our plans and help shape the vision for the school. We’ll keep you updated!

River Academy Team

Out and about in Reading

Thank you to all the parents and members of the local community we have met this week. It was great to share our plans for River Academy with so many people who  both recognise  the need for a secondary school with a vocational educational strand and like what we have to say about what we’re planning. 

If you haven’t already done so, please complete the short form to help shape our vision for River Academy to the needs and ambitions of the community it will serve. 

You can also share your thoughts and suggestions by emailing us at info@river-academy.co.uk. 

Thank you for your support. 

River Academy Team 

Come to our drop-in session at Maiden Erlegh School in Reading on 15th October

Everyone interested in our plans for the proposed River Academy are invited to attend an informal drop-in session to discuss our proposals.

The event is being held at Maiden Erlegh School in Reading on Monday 15th October. Starting at 3.15pm, the event will run until 6.00pm.

Our address is:

Maiden Erlegh School in Reading
81 Crescent Road
Reading
RG1 5SL

Limited parking will be available on site. We look forward to seeing you on the 15th.